Adieu to Tuur the Toro.
Arthur 'Tuur' Decabooter. 1936-2012. (photo from the book Groene Leeuw, De Wielerploeg die de Keizer uitdaagde, de Eecloonaar, 2008) Sadly, another cycling great was lost a few days ago. His is not a name many know this side of the Atlantic. But hey, global name recognition doesn't equate to 'greatness'. For this was a man with the strength of a bull, the heart of a true lion of Flanders, and the resume to back it up. Sadly, he was 75 years young. Out last Saturday on his bike, riding lang de vaart. . alongside the canal. A nice, flat ride. Somebody up there must have looked down, and decided it was time to call home the ' Toro '. His ticker gave out, for he'd had a history of heart problems. There was nothing the rescue squad could do. And sadly, this giant of Flanders was no more. Arthur "Tuur" Decabooter. His name is etched into history of the Ronde VanVlaanderen by winning it in 1960. Awhile ago, I know. Heck,